I love this story from Ezra Jack Keats. Here is a fun activity we have done to go along with this wonderful book. A perfect activity for a cold wet day (like we've been having this week in Arizona).
Melting Snowball Treats
When Peter tucks a snowball into his pocket to save for later, it "magically" disappears after his warm bath. I thought a little science experiment/ treat would be fun extension activity for our book. We re-read the story and talked about what happened to Peter's snowball. Of course, in a warm house, the cold snowball melted. Then we make our own "snowballs" (marshmallows) and folded them in a "pocket" (crescent roll dough) and let them sit in a warm "house" (the oven), where the "snowballs" will melt. Here's the recipe:
Disappearing Marshmallow Puffs:
1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough
8 marshmallows (the fresher the better, stale ones don't melt all the way)
1/2 stick butter
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a regular sized muffin tin with cooking spray. (They'll probably stick anyways, but I figure it can't hurt...) Mix cinnamon and sugar and place in a bowl. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl.
Roll marshmallow in butter.
Roll marshmallow in cinnamon sugar mixture.
Wrap and seal a triangle of crescent roll dough around the marshmallow. Make sure you pinch seams well.
Roll dough pocket in butter.
Roll dough pocket in cinnamon sugar mixture.
Place in muffin tin. Fill empty muffin tin wells half way with water (to help the rolls cook more evenly).
Bake in oven for approximately 13 minutes, until golden brown.
Let the puffs cool a few minutes before serving (sometimes the marshmallows are not all the way melted, so this gives them time to melt down and to cool off the pastry). Enjoy your "melted snowball pocket."
Interested in reading more winter time stories? Go here for my list of favorites!